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By The Alliance of Wound Care Stakeholders

The Alliance of Wound Care Stakeholders' (Alliance) quarterly update provides an overview of ongoing advocacy initiatives to ensure access, coverage and payment to wound care procedures and technologies for patients. This update includes current action items, updates on key areas of focus from the past quarter, and future issues for the second half of 2016 that the Alliance is tracking that are of importance to the wound care community, including clinicians who may be impacted by policy changes.

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NYU Langone Nursing is hosting the International Interprofessional Wound Care Course (IIWCC) in New York City from August 11-14, 2016.

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Washington, DC – June 6, 2016 – The National Pressure Ulcer Advisory Panel (NPUAP) recently announced a change in terminology in the National Pressure Ulcer Advisory Panel Pressure Injury Staging System. According to the new System, the term “pressure injury” replaces “pressure ulcer”. The updated System also includes changes in the staging definitions, and uses Arabic instead of Roman numerals in the names of the stages.

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Wound Specialists From Around the World Gather December 1-3 in Chicago, Illinois.

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Cincinnati, OH – May 4, 2016 – The National Association Directors of Nursing Administration in Long-Term Care (NADONA/LTC) announces the release of the industry’s first Infection Prevention and Control certification program specific for Extended Care healthcare professionals. The new certification program officially launched on May 1, 2016 for healthcare professionals that meet the examination eligibility requirements. The exam will be offered year round.

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Baltimore, MD – April 12, 2016 – Gemstone Biotherapeutics LLC (Gemstone Bio), a Baltimore-based regenerative medicine company, has created a strategic alliance with Winthrop-University Hospital (Winthrop) focused on developing and bringing patient-focused, evidence-based products to the advanced wound care market.

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Washington, DC – April 13, 2016 – The term "pressure injury" replaces "pressure ulcer" in the National Pressure Ulcer Advisory Panel Pressure Injury Staging System according to the NPUAP. The change in terminology more accurately describes pressure injuries to both intact and ulcerated skin. In the previous staging system Stage 1 and Deep Tissue Injury described injured intact skin, while the other stages described open ulcers. This led to confusion because the definitions for each of the stages referred to the injuries as "pressure ulcers".

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Philadelphia, PA – April 2, 2016 – The Board of Directors announces the election of Dr. Steven Kavros as the President of the American Professional Wound Care Association.

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Columbia, MD – March 4, 2016 – Osiris Therapeutics, Inc. (NASDAQ: OSIR), a leading cellular and regenerative medicine company focused on developing and marketing products to treat conditions in wound care, orthopaedics and sports medicine, announced today the results of its prospective, multi-center, single-arm clinical trial evaluating the clinical outcomes of Grafix® in patients with complex chronic diabetic foot ulcers with exposed tendon and bone.

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COLUMBIA, MD – February 2, 2016 – Osiris Therapeutics, Inc. (NASDAQ: OSIR), a leading cellular and regenerative medicine company focused on developing and marketing products to treat conditions in wound care, orthopaedics and sports medicine, announced this week that all eight Medicare Administrative Contractors (MACs) have confirmed coverage for the treatment of chronic wounds with Grafix®, a cryopreserved placental membrane. These eight separate MACs provide Medicare benefits to over 54 million beneficiaries. Effective March 2016, Grafix is now available for 100 percent of the 54 million Medicare fee-for-service (FFS) beneficiaries.

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